All Things Youth, Inc’s Scouting Team heard about this AWESOME young man who dominates the athletic scene in wrestling, track, basketball and football. So, we dropped by Kennard Field to find out what all the “hoopla” was about. And it was only a matter of time before we knew.
Amon Hawthorne-Reynolds, number #5 on the Hill District Rebels little league football team “got skills”! Amon is an amazing young man with a heart of gold and a personality that exudes positive characteristics and inclusion of all. He made sure that we include his fellow teammates in this article because he knows that there is no “I” in team.
Amon excels in everything that he does. Whether it is on the basketball court, the football field, the wrestling mat, the track field, or in the classroom, he is a champion of them all. Amon maintains a 3.8 grade point average at Liberty Elementary.
Amon plays Running Back for the Hill District Rebels where he and his teammates had a great 2016 season making it all the way to the championship; and Amon was named Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row. The Rebels 2017 season was commendable though they fell short of a championship appearance. Nevertheless, this young man, with the help of his fabulous teammates, had a total of 20 touchdowns for the season (look out Le’Veon Bell).
Amon is also the 2nd Place champion of the Shadyside Boys and Girls club wrestling team. He has successfully held this title for the second year in a row beating some of the league’s most challenging athletes in his division.
If that’s not enough, his track team the “Future Stars” recently returned from New York City where his team won gold in the regional “relay”. The week before his team broke the Three Rivers Association Championship record by 20 seconds with a 4.33 time. Individually he holds 30 medals.
In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family and friends and being a positive role model to his little brothers. When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he answered, “a business owner.” He wants to own a company that teaches kids how to do math easier and also incorporates athletics in the curriculum (his own words).
Amon thanks God for his many talents and gifts and for giving him his mother and father because without them he would not be the young man he is today.
Marce Nixon-Washington is an emerging ceramic artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She currently focuses on using simple hand building techniques such as coiling to create intriguing work. She enjoys the beauty of red clay and colored slips. Her work aims to inspire discussion around social injustices and defy social norms. During the 2016-2017 school year, Marce Nixon-Washington developed Creative Empowerment CE, a mentoring program that used art as a bridge to better the community. This program was inspired by Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and Barack Obama Academy, where she studied ceramics. Marce is a 2017 alumni of Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, where she had recently earned her International Baccalaureate certificate in Visual Arts. She has been an artist assistant for several artists including Edith Abeyta, Ricardo Robinson and Memphis George. She has conducted a workshop during the Remake Learning Days, as well as a ceramic hand building workshop for residents of the Hazelwood neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Marce Nixon-Washington is the Teen Advisor for Youth Initiatives at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Marce has been awarded dozens of awards and scholarships, a few of them include the Dr. Vernell A. Lillie Arts Scholarship and the Freidenberg Media Award for Sculpture. She is currently attending West Virginia University with a four-year scholarship for ceramic arts.
Meet Bree Boyd, an 11 ½ year old 6th grade student at the Woodland Hills Academy. Bree earns straight A’s in all subject areas, while also pursuing her dream of becoming a Hollywood actress! At only 11 ½ years old, Bree is steadily building an impressive resume. To date, she has performed in three Gemini Children’s Theatre productions that include Mermaid, Snow White and Cinderella. She hopes to also perform in the Wizard of Oz and Rapunzel productions this spring. Bree is eagerly looking forward to performing in the Woodland Hills 7th and 8th grade play next school year as well. Currently, Bree can be seen performing in one to two minute skits, at the end, of her language arts class summarizing the current reading assignment. Her classmates think she is very entertaining and requests that the teacher allow her to put on performances. She is a one man show, acting out several characters at once! (SNL watch out)
In addition to acting, Bree enjoys reading, cheerleading, dancing, performing gymnastics, singing and as any typical “tween” hanging out with her friends. As a matter of fact, Bree has competed in several gymnastics competitions and her music teacher has just entered her into a signing competition in which she will be competing in this coming March. Bree is also very active in her local community. For the past three years she has been invited by her school to read Christmas stories at the Annual Barnes and Noble holiday fair. She has volunteered for several worthwhile activities including participating in the Trunks or Treat event and the Socks for Senior’s program in which she collects socks for the elderly and senior citizens to keep their feet warm in the winter.
Bree’s parents are very proud of her and encourage her to follow her dreams. They see to it that she is given every opportunity to ensure her success in whatever she wants to do in the future.
I am writing this letter on behalf of the Bronco Mom's, to nominate Jayvin Turner for the "Spotlight" categories of community service, education, and athletics. I recently got to know Jayvin and was immediately impressed by his maturity and commitment to his players and their families. "Coach Jay" is my son's flag football coach, but is way more than that. Jayvin recently turned 18 but he has been coaching flag football since he was 16. Even though I am writing this nomination it is coming from all of the parents on our team.
Jayvin has taken the role of coach with a flag football team and turned it into a mission to empower a group of young boys. He has worked to educate the kids on how to win and lose as a team, and has modeled the behavior that he expects from his players. He has brought a speaker to practice to give the boys the opportunity to get to speak with yet another positive male role model. Jay has taken additional time to pull kids aside to help coach not only his players but all players who may have needed some additional help. Jayvin makes weekly highlight videos that showcase all of the kid's plays no matter how big or small they may be. The weekly videos give the kids a chance to see their achievements and to watch how they were important as a part of the team.
"Coach Jay" may not fit into what a typical definition of education or athletics is, but Jay is not a typical high school senior. Athletics is more than just the athlete that plays. Sports are not just about the players on one team. Sports are about the coach, assistant coach, referees, the other team and the fans. He has taught the kids the fundamentals of a sport and the meaning of team. These boys will now be able to use the skills taught and use them not only in sports but also in their academics and in their daily life. He has worked on character education and team building with a group of boys who will be able to take what they have learned and will grow into young men who will be able to make a difference in their community and possibly the world.